10 Best // Closet Helpers

you want to know the main thing that'll help your closet?  getting rid of stuff.  you don't have to organize it if it doesn't exist!  but for the things you do want to get organized, here's my picks for keeping your closet tidy.


(most of these links are to the container store.  i don't get anything if you click them, i just shop there a lot so i know their merchandise the best.  you can find all of these things easily at other places like target, bed bath and beyond, amazon, etc.)

matching, thin hangers. i cannot say enough for matching hangers.  if you do nothing else but buy all the same style and color hangers, your closet will instantly look better.  i prefer the thin beige ones because they look more streamlined and it just appears neater (and i never have issues with things falling off the hangers or with the hangers leaving marks in the shoulders.)  i ordered mine for a great deal on ebay, but they're widely available.

shoe organizer.  i have the mesh stands like this.  i don't like the tiered one because, even though i do own high heels, most of my shoes are flats and i don't want two styles of shoe organizers.  these fit all types of shoes and you can just keep stacking away.  it works for me because, while i love the look of the boxes with the windows all stacked up, it's just not practical for me.  because i'm lazy.

purse organizer.  i love this back of the door organizer, it would work great in the closet.  i've also seen ones that hang in your closet and gives each purse a cubby hole.  personally, mine all fit in the bottom dresser drawer because i don't have many and i have so few clothing items that i actually have an extra drawer.  (jealous?) but remember, don't ever hang purses with stuff still inside them, you'll ruin the handles a lot faster that way!

drawer dividers.  the best way to keep your socks/underwear/bras orderly is to arrange them how you see in a store (think victoria's secret.)  dividers are the best way to do this.  my dresser has two top smaller drawers.  in one, i line up bras just like at vs.  in the other, i use these dividers like these to keep socks and underwear in a neat little row.  if you tend to be messy in other drawers as well, you can use extendable dividers for t-shirts, tanks, pjs, etc.

shelf dividers.  since i live in a rental, i can't make closet modifications like i'd like to to make the space above the top shelf the most efficient.  so i settle for shelf dividers.  in the photo it's used to keep purses upright but i stack sweatshirts and jeans up there, and the dividers make sure the stacks stay neat and don't topple over.

boot shapers.  these go inside your tall boots so they keep their shape and don't get creases or flop over in your closet.  this particular one also has a hook so you can hang them.

belt rack.  this hangs easily in the closet, taking up minimal space (my only exception to the matching hanger rule) allowing the belts and scarves to be on display and without weird kinks and curls you can never get fixed.  (as you can see below, i also hang wristlets from it.)

jewelry organizer.  i definitely love those boxes but i don't keep a lot of jewelry around.  i don't wear it enough to justify having a ton of pieces.  i'm able to hang everything on the cork board you see below.  (yes, that's my entire jewelry collection.)  i bought the fabric covered cork board at target and use clear pushpins to hang everything, and i would love to get this stand for my everyday items.  i love hanging them because it feels like artwork while still being functional, and you can always go bigger with your cork board for a large jewelry collection.

extending rod.  personally, i don't have enough clothes to warrant an extension rod, but many women can benefit from this in order to best maximize their space.  it hangs from your existing rod so you can double hang short items like tops, skirts, and folded pants.

a (nice) laundry hamper.  the more nicely it fits in with your decor while still being functional, the more likely you are to use it and not toss dirty clothes onto the floor.

ready for my closet? (aka proof these items are in action?)  i know the lighting sucks, ya know, closet.  but you get the idea.  and yes, i should own stock in vs.  yes, my colored shoes are all pink or green and i stacked them as such.  yes, the dog photobombed me.






also, this may not be sponsored, but seriously container store - look how many of your products are in my closet.  if you'd ever like to kick me back a gift card, that'd be cool.

38 comments

  1. The extending rod is a serious time/money/sanity saver in my daughter's closet. I don't know how people without walk-in closets live without them!

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  2. This may be a weird question, but I was like dang those are some nice hangers! Then I was like OH NO! Do they leave indention marks in you shirt shoulders like wire ones do??

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  3. Thank you for this! I am going to buy most of this stuff for when we move, I want a super organized closet! Mine is already organized by type of shirt and color, but now it's going to look even better!

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  4. You have a walk in closet in Chicago?!?! I need to move - we have the absolute worst closet situation in our apartment! I need to invest into some nice matching hangers and also am ordering those boot shapers right now!

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  5. If only I had an actual closet to organize like this - I would have been on it when we first moved, but sadly my closet is VERY weird and small, and there is space for clothes and that is basically it. Great GREAT tips and so ones I'd do if I could and would have.

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  6. I'm so jealous of your closet, I try to implement as many organizational things I can in my closet, so helpful! I need to look into getting those hangers, they just look so much cleaner!

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  7. I miss having a normal size closet at home! These are some great tips though, I recently started using drawer organizers and its amazing!

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    1. I love my drawer organizers, it keeps little things like socks from being a jumbled mess! I love when everything has a place :)

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  8. i recruited keltie to come do my closet after she gets back from france and told me the #1 thing for me to get are matching hangars. which i already have but i just need more. at one time, i did have an organized closet and then, well, laziness happened and now it's out of control and i want to cry about it.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  9. LOVE the dog photobomb. And I'm SO jealous of your closet. My house has tiny closets, but everything else about the house was perfect so I had to buy it and make do.

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  10. You are so organized it makes me jealous! This actually comes in handy since I just moved and will need to revamp the closet!

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  11. my closet was the first thing organized in our new place. I go to IKEA for most of the stuff. Seriously Heisman would have photobomb too.. Silly dogs always steal the spotlight.

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  12. Okay, I need to go organize my closet immediately. PS freaking love your dog's photobomb hahaha

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  13. My closet is so small, I need to do a much better job of organizing it now that's it fairly clean!

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  14. Have you seen the post on my "closet"/dressing room? I am obviously obsessed with these ideas. I am always looking for ideas to organize my most prized possessions-my clothes and shoes! Container Store is a dream.

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  15. I so wish I had a walk-in closet again! So much easier to keep it tidy. I really need a purse organizer and shelf dividers! Love Hawkeye's photobomb! I have three different shoe organizers you would just die if you saw it!

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  16. Boot shapers are the best!!! I saw one where it was a stand and you put them upside down but it held like 8 pairs. I kinda like that set up so you can just move the whole thing and not have to deal with single boots all over.

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  17. I switched to the thin velvet hangers (mine are black) and I'm never looking back...they are seriously amazing!!

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  18. I am a closet organizing nerd. I would draw pictures of closets when I was in grade school. I may switch hangers. I currently have each of us using a different color hanger but sometimes they break (and I go insane) and its hard to find the right color to replace them with.

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  19. you are seriously the queen of organization. i really love how you organized jewelry- that's something that I really need to work on. the hanger idea- so good!

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  20. My closet use to be organized......and a certain male counterpart came along....those suits take up too much room! I have major closet envy right now :-)

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  21. Bahahahah... Hawkeye's photobomb is classic!
    My closet is semi-organized... I keep my shoes in the boxes but I'd really rather have those stackers... seems a LOT easier.

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  22. I love the doggy photo bomb. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna bookmark this for whenever we move again.

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  23. Your closet is so pretty -- I'm jealous! I'm trying to go through and organize/get rid of things right now. I have a mental pile of tons of things to take to Plato's Closet!

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  24. hawkeye's photobomb is amazing -- totally made me laugh out loud! amen to drawer dividers, i just started using them and they make such a big difference. i wish i could cut down on having so many clothes/shoes, but i have a hard time parting with things, ugh.

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm having closet envy out the wazoo. Even though you've given me everything I need to make my closet look like yours, I still just don't think I have it in me. I was born missing the organization gene. Alas, I'm still going to pin this in hopes that one day I can be like you.

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  26. You're just trying to make the rest of us look bad.

    Your bras are even stacked neatly. You are a machine.

    But seriously, you make me want to go home and clean and organize ALL THE THINGS!

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  27. So I don't have all matching hangers, but I do hang up my clothes like the rainbow and try to use hangers that match each shirt..haha! I could definitely benefit from the drawer dividers. I have yet to visit the nearest container store, and now I understand why a certain friend of mine obsesses about it!
    Eva Marie Taylor

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  28. Ok, I am printing this and taking it to the Container Store! I totally agree about the matching hangers - I have all different ones and it really does look kind of messy! And I need all of these organizers! All I have right now is a shoe one. Which is great, but it doesn't help the piles of scarves, bags, etc.!

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  29. I need to do this to my closet and drawers. Everything is just an impossible mess. Also, that picture of your dog is a keeper. So cute!

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  30. This couldn't have come at a better time!

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  31. I'm so jealous of your organization system! I don't know if it'll work in my tiny closet. Might have to do some research.

    Also, Hawkeye looks like quite the happy helper!

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  32. I hang my clothes by color too! And I do like how artistic your jewelry looks hanging on that board! When we move I'm looking forward to a "fresh start" as far as room organization but I I don't think I'll bother with it too much before that.

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  33. Oh my gosh, your bras look just like the drawers in Victoria's Secret!!! It's amazing. Not only do you know how to make phenomenal looking liquor filled cupcakes, your closet reminds me of what Kim Kardashians would look like! Well, minus the Balenciaga and Hermes bags... But still, amazing! You would prob have a panic attack if you saw my closet :-P

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  34. The behind the door purse organizer is brilliant. I need to look in to one of those!!

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  35. I'm with you on the hangers and the shoe racks! I just set up all of my shoe racks and I'm in the process of switching to the skinny hangers. I need some boot shapers too.

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  36. your closet looks awesome! and I soooo need to get rid of some stuff so then i'd have a lot more space too. I like your shoe racks a love better than the ones I have - will have to look for those!

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